Grand Teton National Park had more than 105,000 fewer visits last month than it did a year earlier, but the count was still high enough to score as the park’s second-busiest October on record.

The park hosted an estimated 245,834 recreation visits in October, down 30% from October 2020, when the total hit 351,173, and 32% above October 2019, when the total was 186,487, according to a park press release.

“From January to October 2021, there was a 7% increase in recreation visits compared to the entire year of 2018, which previously hosted the park’s highest amount of recreation visits on record,” the release said.

Camping, backcountry camping and people’s use of trails, where such use is counted, all increased in October 2021 compared with the same month in 2019, the release said.

Contact Jennifer Dorsey at or 732-5908.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor for the News&Guide and one of the editors for local articles printed in the Jackson Hole Daily.

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